Vancouver Island

Sunset at the Estuary in Campbell River, BC

Sunset at the Estuary in Campbell River BC by Anne McKinnell

A few evenings ago we were treated to the most beautiful sunset at our campsite at Thunderbird RV park in Campbell River, BC. This is our view from the back window of the RV! I’m so glad we picked an RV with a big picture window in the back. The estuary fills up with water […]

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Campground Wildlife in Campbell River, BC

Great Blue Heron

Our new home for the rest of the summer is in Campbell River, British Columbia, where we found a beautiful campsite with abundant wildlife, only 5 minutes walk from the marina! Campbell River, a mid-point on Vancouver Island, is the place we planned on moving to before we decided we love the RV lifestyle and […]

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Wallace Island Marine Park, British Columbia

Wallace Island Marine Park

The best part about summer on the coast of British Columbia is being out on the water on those warm, calm days. My little power boat, “Snoopy”, takes me to all sorts of out of the way places where I can explore the bays, coves, and watch the wildlife. Between Vancouver Island and the mainland, […]

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Englishman River Falls, Vancouver Island, BC

Englishman River Falls, Vancouver Island, British Columbia by Anne McKinnell

I grew up on Vancouver Island. It is a gorgeous part of the world, especially in summer time. There are lots of special places on the island, but there are certain places I return to again and again for their beauty and tranquility. Places I enjoy every single time. One of those places is Englishman […]

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Photography Locations: Revisit and Reshoot

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As a devoted wanderer, the joy of visiting a new photography location is like food for my soul. Fresh sights, sounds, smells, and experiences await with every unknown place I go, and the whirlwind of excitement is all-encompassing as I make images of all the things I’m seeing for the first time. Because I know […]

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Whale Watching on Vancouver Island

Orca Spy Hop by Anne McKinnell

It’s been an excellent season of whale watching here on Vancouver Island this past summer! First I got my dream photo of an Orca with Mount Baker in the background. Then I had my Humpback Whale encounter. But I also saw the Orcas many other times during my boating trips so I wanted to share […]

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Sunset on Mount Baker

Sunset on Mount Baker

Usually a fog, haze or even smog obscures the view of Mount Baker, Washington, from way over here in Sidney, British Columbia. But on a clear day, it looks massive. I made this image about an hour and a half after my orca shot. I love how the sunset makes the snow look slightly pink. […]

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Cool, Clear Water

Calm Ocean Moonrise

I love the ocean. I love walking on the beach on a stormy day and feeling it’s fury. I love being in my boat, riding the waves, and when the bow comes down a big splash hits me in the face and I can taste the salt on my lips. I love jumping over the […]

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Humpback Whale in Boundary Pass

Humpback Whale

Have you ever made images you treasured so much that you didn’t want to publish them? I’ve been hanging on to these images for almost a month now, so I think it’s time to finally let them go. It all happened when I was out on my boat one lovely calm afternoon. It was a […]

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Juvenile Bald Eagles

Juvenile Bald Eagle by Anne McKinnell

My favourite thing about our summer home at Oceanside RV Park in Sidney, BC, (aside from it being 10 minutes away from where my boat is moored) is that every morning I wake to the sound of the eagles calling. A few days ago the young eagles were cackling up a storm so I went […]

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Orca and Mount Baker

Orca and Mount Baker by Anne McKinnell

The thing I like best about Vancouver Island in the summertime is being out on my boat. I have a few spots I return to again and again because I have seen whales, dall’s porpoises, pacific white sided dolphins, sea lions, or eagles. One of my favourite spots is Boundary Pass where the border separates […]

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Get on your knees! Or … not.

Rebecca Spit, Quadra Island, British Columbia

How much time do you spend on your knees? For me the answer is none! I get sharp stabbing pains when I kneel and 20 years ago I swore I would never kneel again. (I think there was some other swearing at the time as well.) But that’s no excuse. As a photographer, we all […]

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Ancient Tree Roots

Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

It can be difficult to make a great image in a forest unless you can find a pattern in the trees or a stand of trees without much undergrowth. At Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island, where I made the abstract image in yesterday’s post, I tried a different tactic. I made this image of just […]

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Cathedral Grove Abstract

Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

I have something a little different for you today! I made this image at Cathedral Grove, a protected stand of giant douglas fir trees, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Please click the image to view a larger version. The grove is not quite as spectacular as I remember it being as a kid because there […]

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Pacific Tree Frog

Pacific Tree Frog

I didn’t have to go far for this photograph! While I was getting my equipment ready for one of our excursions Ray tapped on the window and waved for me to come outside and see who was in our campsite. A pacific tree frog! The tiny frog was only about an inch long. I always […]

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Another Peaceful Morning

Buttle Lake, Strathcona Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

It was one of those mornings that was made for the early fisherman. The lake was flat calm, the sun about to rise already turning the skies pink, the boat is ready to go. Where are you fisherman? Please click the image to view a larger version. I made this image before sunrise at Buttle […]

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Tiger Lily

Turk's Cap Lily

Most of the wildflowers were finished when I visted Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island, BC, but I did make this image of a Tiger Lily. Please click the image to view a larger version. To make this image, I set my camera up on the tripod with my 70-300mm lens. Normally you would have to […]

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This Is A Grouse Not An Elk

Sooty Grouse, Strathcona Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

One of the short hikes we went on in Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, didn’t land me any landscape images. I really wasn’t expecting any wildlife images either given the name of the trail, “Elk River View Trail” where there is a viewing platform to watch the Roosevelt Elk. Yeah, right!! Sure, there’s […]

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One Scene, Two Techniques

Buttle Lake, Strathcona Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

At Buttle Lake in Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, I used two photography techniques to make two very different images from the same scene. The first image was made before sunrise when it was still fairly dark and there was not much colour in the sky. The stump is the main subject but […]

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Lower Myra Falls (Part 2)

Lower Myra Falls, Strathcona Park, British Columbia

Usually when I find a great scene like the one at Lower Myra Falls in Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, I start off wide and photograph the entire scene. I loved how the waterfall was not just one big fall but multiple falls leading to the emerald pool. Please click the images to […]

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Lower Myra Falls (Part 1)

Lower Myra Falls, Strathcona Park, British Columbia

One of my favourite places in Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, was Lower Myra Falls. The hike is about 1 kilometer from the parking area and it leads to a stunning group of cascades deep within the forest above Buttle Lake. I could spend all day photographing falls like these that have such […]

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Lupin Falls, Strathcona Park, BC

Lupin Falls, Strathcona Provincial Park, British Columbia

While visiting Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island, Ray and I quickly got back into our old routine. We got up at 5am for the sunrise photo shoot at Buttle Lake then went back to the campsite for breakfast, coffee and showers before heading out on the second photo shoot of the day. Our next stop […]

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Strathcona Sunrise and Being Happy Again

Buttle Lake, Strathcona Park, British Columbia

I got stuck in sad. After Oscar died I went through all the normal stages of the grieving process until I got to the sad stage and that’s where I got stuck. I didn’t pick up my camera for 6 weeks and that’s a long time for a photographer to not photography anything. My camera […]

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